The Beginners’ Guide to Dewey’s Readathon

It’s that time again! The time to devote an entire day to reading. If the word “again” doesn’t apply to you, that means it’s your first time. In that case: welcome! Welcome to 24 hours spent reading, snacking, reading, posting your progress, and reading some more.

Established in 2007, Dewey’s Readathon takes place twice a year (sometimes with a few extras thrown in between) and is an entire day devoted to reading with other book lovers around the world. If it’s your first time participating, here are few tried and tested tips to get you through the 24 hours.

Build a Stack
There’s no better opportunity than a readathon to get through your TBR pile. Many readers build a stack of books they’d love to read during the readathon, often compiled of titles they’ve long been wanting an excuse to start. Many of these book stacks are ambitious and we often don’t get through them all, but it’s good to have options!

Get Snacks
You’ll need plenty of fuel to get through the day (and night!), so stock up on your favourite snacks and remember your favourite drink: whether it’s tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or wine. Remember to take a break for proper meals too.

Follow the Action
One of the best things about the readathon – besides all the reading  – is the support along the way. And it comes from all corners of the globe as readers from different countries dive into their books. Follow the conversation by following the hashtag #readathon, as well as these accounts on your preferred platform:

Twitter: @readathon
Instagram: @deweysreadathon
Facebook: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon
Goodreads: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon
Reddit: 24HourReadathon

Take photos and introduce fellow readathonners to your books, your snacks, and your furry companions. You can also participate in Twitter parties, take part in photo challenges on Instagram, chart your progress on Goodreads, and best of all: chat with fellow readers. It’s a great way to take a mini-break between chapters or books.

Take It Easy
Don’t feel pressured to finish your stack or spend every single minute of the 24 hours stuck into a book. Reading’s what you love best, so don’t let it become a chore or a bore. Dedicate however much time you want or can. Besides, many readers are still working, looking after little ones, or running errands, so it’s understandable and logical that most will be taking breaks to get life done.

If you’re worried you may miss the action online because you can only join at night, don’t worry! With readers participating all over the world and in multiple time zones, you can be sure to find someone participating when you hop online. While your part of the world may be getting ready to go to bed, another part may be waking up.

Get Moving
Taking breaks is important, especially if you’re taking part in all 24 hours, or most of them. You’ll just find yourself getting stiff and cramped if you sit around all day – or falling asleep if you lie down! One of the best ways to take a break is to get moving. Go for a walk, skip, run, dance, or do yoga. Stretch out your body and get the blood flowing again. If you want to carry on reading, switch to an audiobook.

Try Something Different
That’s another point to consider. You don’t have to stick to conventional, hardcopy books. Read your Kindle, download an audiobook, find a play or poetry. Read comic books and graphic novels. It’s your chance to try something new or different – not just in terms of how you’re reading, but what you’re reading. Always wanted to read more horror? Pick up a horror novella or short story and give the genre a try. Look for new authors, books in translation, and find ways to diversify your reading.

Catch Some Zzz’s
If you feel your eyelids fluttering and find yourself reading the same sentence over and over again, take a nap. Go to bed. Get proper sleep. Don’t skimp out on the zzz’s. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle more chapters.

Find Your Zone
This year, Dewey’s readathon takes place on Saturday 8 AM April 24, 2021 Eastern time. Check the times here to find out what your local starting time is.

Enjoy!
Make it your own. Take 50 photos. Take none. Read only one genre. Read three. Read aloud. Read quietly. Turn on music. Turn it off. Devote an hour. Devote twelve. Whatever you do, make it your own, and have fun!

Happy reading! See you on the 24th of April!
Haven’t signed up yet? Sign up here.

10 of My Favorite Things to Find in Secondhand Books by Amanda Lockwood

10 of My Favorite Things to Find in Secondhand Books by Amanda Lockwood

As far as I can tell there are two main groups of book lovers. Those who prefer pristine new books and those who prefer second hand copies. I fall into the latter category. One of my favorite things is to find notes and hidden surprises in books. I’ve found a number of interesting things. Here is a list of my 10 favorite things I’ve found in second hand books –

  1. Pressed plants – the majority of the pressed plants I’ve found have been put there on purpose though I think the plant material found in my oldest book might be there on accident. Photographs from left to right plant matter in Dominicalia & Festivalia Evangelia, Graeco-Latina printed 1687; pressed plant found in the index of The Dispensatory by George B. Wood and Franklin Bache published 1873; pressed plant in note next to illustration in Gray’s Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology published 1881
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  1. Dedications – I love seeing the thought and care put into books given as gifts. It gives the book a history and adds to the contents within for me. Photographs from left to right dedication in book of hymns; inscription to me in a used copy of Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint; inscription in Green Lantern Sleepers Book Two by Christopher J. Priest and Michael Ahn.

  1. Notes – I have penchant for old medical and botanical textbooks. These have notes and information from those who have learned from the text before. Photographs from left to right translation notes in Sweet’s Anglo-Saxon Primer Ninth Edition revised by Norman Davis; notes on illustration plate from Neill on the Arteries published 1845; note next to illustration in Gray’s Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology published 1881.

  1. Previous owners of the book – for old books it shows who had it and kept. It can be a history of the life of the text. Photographs from left to right crossed out names and ex libris stickers/stamps in Dominicalia & Festivalia Evangelia, Graeco-Latina printed 1687; names and dates of medical students from Neill on the Arteries published 1845; name and date in a pocket bible published by William Rutter & Co.


  1. Newspaper clippings – to date I’ve only found one of these. I’m still very excited about it though I don’t know which side the original owner was interested in. Photographs two sides of newspaper clipping found in Dispensatory by George B. Wood and Franklin Bache published 1873.

  1. Recipes – these always remind me of an old cookbook my mother has. Though the ones in my library all come from the Dispensatory. Photograph personalized recipes for prescriptions found in Dispensatory by George B. Wood and Franklin Bache published 1873.

  1. Drawings – many of the drawings I’ve found in books have been put there on purpose instead of random doodles. As a comic reader I find it very special to see a piece of original and personal art in my copy of a comic book. The random doodles are always a puzzle when I find them.  Photographs from left to right drawing by artist Steve Lieber on title page of White Out Volume II; cat drawing by artist Benjamin Dewey on title page of I Was the Cat; drawing of unknown subject on pages of Gray’s Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology published 1881.

  1. Receipts and other mysterious papers – I’ve found all kinds of improvised bookmarks in books. Everything from cryptic notes to airline tickets. Photographs from left to right original New Hampshire purchase receipt for The Foxfire Book from a copy I purchased in Portland, OR; cryptic note in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams; grocery list and receipt in The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

  1. Advertisements – advertisements are still common in books today. They are usually from the publisher about more books rather than for other products these days though. One of my favorite dictionaries was a promotion for a Nebraska store. Photographs from left to right advertisements for dictionaries and microscopes in Gray’s Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology published 1881; promotional giveaway dictionary from Wolbach & Brach in Hasting Nebraska.

  1. Dog eared pages – dog earing books is a controversy. I don’t dog ear my books but I’m always curious about dog eared pages I find in used books. Is it a favorite page or just a place holder? Photographs from left to right dog eared page in book of hymns (title page missing, signature in front of books dated 1859); dog eared page in The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan.

Warm- Up Post: Feel-Good and Escapist Books for the Readathon or Just Because

Hi everyone, it’s Katherine from Just Katherine https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.com. Find me on Twitter·@theglitzqueen Pinterest @silverfairy81 Instagram @purplestar81 and Goodreads.

Another Readathon is coming up and right now feel-good and escapist books are essential. I want to share some of my recommendations with you.

My favourites from other years are:

The Beachside Sweet Shop and The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke
Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds
Any book by Darcie Boleyn
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Fine Thank You by Annie Lyons (titled The Brilliant Life of Euudora Honeysett in the US). 
Any book by Mandy Baggot, including her 2021 novel, Staying Out for the Summer. 
Any book by T.A. Williams 
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts
A Very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills 
That Long Lost Summer by Minna Howard 
The Vets at Hope Green and The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton 
Cloud Bay series by Emma Douglas
The Postcard by Fern Britton 
The Note, The Postcard and any book by Zoë Folbigg
What If? by Shari Low
Any book by Samantha Tonge 
Sun Sea and Sangria by Victoria Cooke 
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz 
Alaskan Christmas Redemption by Belle Calhoune 
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan
Any book by Nicholas Sparks but in particular The Notebook 
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. 


Of the books I have reviewed this year, my favourite feel-good and escapist books are: 


Summer in Andalucia by Lucy Coleman. 
Chasing the Sun by Julie Leigh
What Now by Shari Low
Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace by Kate Forster
The Juggle by Emma Murray
Dreaming under an Island Skye by Lisa Hobman
The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’ Flannagan
On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin. 


You can find more  general information about each book and buy links on Goodreads or on the publisher’s site. 


So far, all the books in this article apart from Pay It Forward, Practical Magic, Where The Heart Is and the Nicolas Sparks books are reviewed on my blog if they are from previous years and at the time of publishing of this post, Chasing the Sun and On the Road to Love are not yet on my blog but they wil be by the time of the Readathon. 


Have a great Readathon whatever you are reading or listening to. What books will you read or listen to this Readathon? What are you most looking forward to?

Find this post on my blog: https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/feel-good-and-escapist-books-for-the-readathon-or-just-because/

Volunteer Sign Up!

We are just over a month away from the April 24-hour readathon and I could not be more excited! How is everyone doing on the game board we released last week? I am on a major book binger right now and I’m loving doing this game!

We are so excited for the readathon next month, but in order to have a successful readathon, we need volunteers…

April 2021 Reader Sign Up!

It’s that time of the year again… time for the first Dewey’s Readathon of the year! Reader Sign Ups are now live 🙂

Do you have to read the whole 24 hours? NOOOO! Do what ya can. We’d love to have you! Even if it’s five minutes!

Pre-Readathon Board Game Mini-Challenge

Hello Readathoners! This year, Gabby and I decided to only do one Pre-Readathon Challenge, but we hope that you will find this one fun and that it will keep you going until the start of the Readathon.

For this pre-readathon challenge we’ve created a fun board game! It is open to start playing right now until the start of Dewey’s on April 24th. You can play 1 of two ways…either by yourself or against other fellow readathoners.

If you want to play against others, find a couple book buddies (or post in the comments below that you’re looking for a book buddy) and then start your game. You can play on the Facebook Group or Goodreads or a blog or wherever else you all can agree on. You all start at the same time, updating when you finish a square and roll again. The first to cross the finish line is the winner!

If you are playing against yourself, you can either post your board and your progress (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, blog. etc). When you finish, come back to this post and let us all know that you’ve completed. Then you can begin again, if you want, or maybe go back and try to complete as many squares as you can 🙂

The instructions to play are on the board game in the below. You can also find the game on the google drive.

I hope everyone enjoys playing! GOOD LUCK!

***Parents, if you feel any challenge prompt needs further adaption for your children, please feel free to do this. No need to check if a prompt is okay. You know your child and what will challenge them.

Hour 24 – Wrap Up

Hello Readathoners! This is your host, Kate, and I cannot believe that we are already on our last hours. I have to say, this has probably been my most successful readathon ever! I started and read at least 100 pages in 10 books! I probably shouldn’t have agreed to 7 different Buddy Reads, but it kept me motivated. I only managed to finish 2 of the 10 books, but I am still really proud of my achievement this year.

I think that the Bingo board was a huge part of my success. I really wanted to achieve a Blackout and so I spent a couple hours on Friday combing through my books and making a plan. Then I create a spread in my Bullet Journal (see pictured above) and this helped keep me motivated and on track of reaching my goal. Anyone else use a Bullet Journal? Did you make a spread for the Readathon? I would love to see what yours looks like!

Speaking of Bullet Journaling and Planning, Gabby and I are super happy to announce the date of the next Readathon… April 24th!

So make sure to mark that date down on your calendars! In addition, we will be putting the call out for volunteers at the beginning of March, so if you want to volunteer in any capacity, keep your eye out for that post. And finally, we will be having another Warm Up Reading Challenge. This time, however, I will be posting it in mid-March, so there will be more time for everyone to complete the challenges!

We hope that you enjoyed this readathon and that you will join us in April 2021!

Mini-Challenge:

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
  3. What was your favorite snack?
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post!

Link up below or leave a comment!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

Hour 23 – Book Trivia Anyone?

Hello Readathoners! This is your host, Kate, and I am here to host your last couple of hours! During this pandemic, my family has made it a point to attempt to do an online family game night every Friday night. We are spread out across the global (California, Washington State, Germany, and Singapore) so it isn’t always easy to schedule a block of time that works for everyone, but this experience has brought us all closer.

We really enjoy playing the Jack Box Party games and one of the family favorites is Murder Trivia Party. We love trivia in our family! I thought that perhaps some book related Trivia might be fun, here, at the end of the readathon. So, without further ado, here is some random book trivia:

*The fear of running out of something to read is called Abibliophobia… I am happy to say that this is not a fear I have. I have the more common book lover fear of running out of time to read all the books I want to read.

*Lord of the Ring author, J.R.R Tolkien typed the whole trilogy with just two fingers! Considering the manuscript for the trilogy is over 1200 pages, that must have taken a really long time and been really exhausting.

*A study found that you are 2 ½ times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in later life if you read regularly… I hope that audiobooks count for this as well!

*The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai is the oldest currently operating in the world, and has the second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices, just after Vatican City. It was established in AD 565

*There are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants in the United States… This one was really surprising to me. I see way more McDonald’s than I see libraries. But this is also really cool!

What book trivia do you know? Share something with us in the comments below!

Mini-Challenge:

Scooby Doo Gang Mini Challenge with Rachel Noel on Reddit

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

Hour 22 – Reading Mediums

Hey welcome to the last eighth of the readathon. My name is Flavia and I am an enthusiastic reader from Germany, you can find me mostly on Twitter under the username flaviaaalouise.

We’ve all been reading for quite a while now. And at least in my experience the exhaustion might start to settle in now. Whether it’s from not sleeping (enough) or from training your eyes on a book for hours.

What I like to do to help with this and mix up my reading formats, physical books, ebooks and audiobooks. Different genres, fiction and nonfiction, graphic works, poetry. All these things are my friends.
Especially in 24 hour readathons time is valuable, so having an audiobook to listen to while having to do chores or going outside (if corona permits) is amazing. Graphic works are super useful becuase they are fat to read and help you feel accomplished.

What is your take on reading in different formats? What is your favorite format?

I hope your reading is going well and even if it’s not, don’t beat yourself up. And always remember to be kind to yourself.

Mini-Challenge:

This or That with Bre – Feel free to post your answers on the platform of your choice.

Twitter Party – Hosted by Rachel Noel

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

Hour 21 – When the readathon isn’t going your way

Hi, my name is Flavia and I’m an enthusiastic reader from Germany. You can find me mostly on Twitter under the username flaviaaalouise.

We are 20 hours into this readathon and for some of us it won’t have gone as well as we had hoped.

Between doing lots of lab work last week and starting an internship this past week I haven’t really gotten to read that much which frustrates me a lot so I can very much relate.

And I know that especially in a readathon format not reaching your goals can really get you down.

So you have lots of options of how to address that frustration. I mean you could just flat out give up on this whole endeavor and that is super valid. There is so much going on in this world. So if it doesn’t serve you, let it go!

So let’s assume that is not what you want to do. You’ve been excited about this event for weeks and you want to persevere. Alright I like your approach!

First of all, you still have 4 hours. That’s a lot of time. Get reading! Tell the other people around you, you need that time for yourself. Throw your phone in the bin or just download Forest or a similar app that allows you to focus better.

Other option. This readathon is not JUST abot reading. Engage with us on this blog or social media, meet new people and just be excited about the fact that it unites so many people all over the world.

And if the readathon is going great for you, all the better for you! 🙂

Mini-Challenge:

Book Spine Poetry Mini Challenge with Ellie

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels